The Rabelo boat regatta is an annual race on the Douro River, featuring the historic rabelo boats that were once used to transport port wine from the vineyards to the caves on the river bank at Vila Nova de Gaia.
When you visit Porto, take a trip to Vila Nova de Gaia to explore the port wine cellars, but give special thought to Taylor’s.
When you are in Porto, a great way to see the Port wine area in Vila Nova de Gaia is to take the cable car from the top of the town down to Cais de Gaia, on the river bank.
The Government this week announced a 15% discount in fees on tolls around the country, but this came with a catch because exemptions and discounts for residents were also removed.
Starting on 24 September, with the final on 2 October, the Porto Open is likely to grow as an international event for the city.
The main square in the centre of Porto is a great starting point for your evening on the streets. Travel to Trindade or São Bento station and walk ito the square where you will mingle with many other people looking for heads to hit.
Some might say these streets are like a race circuit every day, considering how “speed limit” to Portuguese drivers seems to mean “see how fast your car goes”.
The Ribeira district of Porto has, for two years, been watched over by 14 CCTV cameras, but this week the decision was taken to turn them off.
In Porto, choice of golf courses is limited but there are places you can play golf in and around Porto at bijou golf courses that have good facilities.
Buying a ticket for the Porto Metro is actually simple. You can go to a train or bus station and look for an Andante shop, or you can buy a ticket at the automatic machines in stations.
Behind the basilica, you will find the Pousada Monte de Santa Luzia - a luxurious hotel modernised out of a historic development that was originally created by a local landowner as a tribute to his town.
No visitor to Porto who enters an Arcádia shop should leave without having tried the Port Wine Chocolates - available in small or large boxes. They don’t come cheap, but then the taste is exquisite.
Looking specifically at Porto, there is one evident fact - there’s far too much property on the market for the number of people willing and able to buy it.
The Bristol Oporto Association is worth looking up if you are in Bristol and want to get to know others with links to Porto and Portugal in general.
Here you will bump into expats from a number of countries, and a lively atmosphere. However, this being Portugal, it doesn’t really get going until late, whereas UK pubs are busier early in the evening.